Information & Publications

Friend of the Court Handbook

This handbook tells you what we do. Covers common divorce-related disputes between parties, and the Court and Friend of the Court's actions. Save or print the Handbook.

SMILE Program Handbook 

Start Making It Livable for Everyone The (SMILE) Program provides a handbook to use with the program for separating/divorced parents with minor children in Oakland County. Save or print the entire handbook.

Change Support Help Guide

Get help understanding how to change support payments. Then print the Uniform Child Support order form to submit to Friend of the Court.

Legal Assistance

The Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Oakland County

The Self-Help Center is open to assistance by phone only.  They are available via phone Monday through Friday, during the hours of 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  Phone: (248) 858-0012

In addition to the website, self-help center staff (called ‘navigators’) will be available to help visitors find what they need on the website, answer questions about court practices and processes, and answer simple questions about forms that are available on the website. Navigators cannot give legal advice.

View the current clinic schedule, held at the Oakland County Law Library.

Learn about Oakland County's Legal Aid Clinics. Common Ground - weekly family law aide service and Family Law Assistance Project (FLAP).

The Family Law Assistance Project will hold in-person clinics at Oakland County Friend of the Court on Wednesdays, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm on the following dates:

  • November 30, 2022
  • January 4, 2023
  • January 25, 2023

Additional Links

Where To Find Help

Important information regarding your Federal Income Tax and the Earned Income Tax Credit
Child Support and Military Families-A publication by Michigan State Court Administrative Office and the Friend of the Court Bureau